Monday, 8 July 2019

Lewis Pulsipher's Britannia - the old classic returns!

It's not very often that I dip into other people's games on my blog, but Britannia will always be an exception! 

A new edition of Lewis Pulsipher's game of British history is launching on Kickstarter this week. As well as the original game, the box includes a faster playing 2-player version called Duel Britannia. And the game comes with plastic miniatures, which I think will look great (see below).

The short version is that Britannia is highly recommended by me!

The longer version is that, back in 1986 or 1987, I got Britannia as a birthday present (from a tobacconist/toy shop in St Neots, called Clayton's - I remember this very well!) and it massively hooked me onto the period of British history from the Romans to the Normans. And also hooked me on historical games - it rather nattily combined my growing interest in gaming and RPGs with my other interest in toy soldiers and history (mostly stemming from Airfix and my dad's Military Modelling magazines). So yes, Britannia is an important game for me, and still gets played year on year! It's pretty fair to say that if I'd not been given Britannia, I wouldn't have eventually ended up writing my own games … which you might think is either a good or bad thing I suppose!

I'm delighted to be involved in the project, which is really very exciting indeed for me (I work for the company producing the new version, which does kind of help with my involvement...). I've been working on the design brief for the miniatures (trying to keep them reasonably historical while also standing out from one another), the cover art (again briefing an artist not painting it myself!), plus various other bits of input. The 12-year-old me would be very pleased; and the whatever-age-I-am-now me is equally pleased!

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Battle Ravens in Tabletop Gaming magazine

Whoops - I completely forgot to post this at an earlier date!

The June 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming magazine included a review of my Battle Ravens shieldwall game. The game got a very good review, which I take as a huge positive for two reasons:

1. Tabletop Gaming doesn't always give good reviews - it's one of the few mainstream magazines that dishes out good, bad and neutral reviews of games.

2. The magazine covers a wide range of games, rather than just military ones. There's quite a focus on miniature-heavy boardgames, RPGs, and family games, so Battle Ravens is perhaps not what I'd describe as the typical type of game included.


Please track down a copy of the magazine to read the full review, but I'll leave you with their summary:

Play it? Yes.
A characterful game of historical warfare. Battle Ravens offers an engaging, tactical experience that's deep but doesn't outstay its welcome.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Rebels and Patriots wins at UKGE!

I was very proud to collect the UK Games Expo Judges’ Award for Best Miniatures Rules 2019, on behalf of myself and co-author Michael Leck. We won against stiff competition - a Battlestar Galactica game and another for Viking Fantasy.

We are over the moon!

Monday, 27 May 2019

'Tis true - I am working on a Sci Fi Rampant rulebook

There was always one final Rampant book I wanted to publish, but I've said all along that I'd only do it if the rules would do the game justice. And along with a rather good co-author, we're working on this right now...

I'm not sure how many light years away from publication we are, but the motion sensors are definitely picking up … something.

More news when it becomes meaningful!

In the mean time, please keep playing those free fan-made 'Rampant in Space' games that enthusiastic individuals have created, but please please please don't buy the one by the guy who is trying to charge you for it...! There should be a place in Space Pirate Jail for that sort of behaviour.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Buying Battle Ravens

If you're interested in getting your grubby mitts on a copy of my Battle Ravens board game, or any of the three additional armies (Normans, Welsh, Scots), you can do so HERE.

Once the print run has sold out, I don't know if/when it will come back into stock, so if you think Battle Ravens scratches your shieldwall warfare itch, grab one soon!

(And if you try it, I hope you enjoy it!)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Rebels And Patriots is up for an award

Apparently Rebels And Patriots is on the 'final three' shortlist for Best Miniatures Rules at UK Games Expo 2019!

If you're coming along to the event in a couple of weekends' time, I believe you can vote for it (please!). I have no idea if it will win, but I guess we're guaranteed bronze medal at least.

And for a historical set of rules to squeeze in alongside Sci Fi and some kind of Fantasy Viking game (I'm judging the latter by the name and the cover art), that's pretty impressive going.

And an extra special pat on the back for Michael Leck, who really did all of the hard work on Rebels And Patriots.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

More stonework from Scotland

Following on from the Aberlemno photos, here’s a further mixed bag from the National Museum of Scotland ranging from Roman to Viking Age...

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Aberlemno Stone

I’ve posted photos of the replica in The National Museum of Scotland previously, but I think these are better ones. And I like the stone, so make no apology for the repetition! Enjoy...

Friday, 5 April 2019

Bloodthirsty Battle Ravens

Certain players (who shall remain nameless) enjoy piling up the corpses of my defeated army and gloating. The Viking Hirdmen and Bondi are dancing, so I am told.

If you're coming to Salute tomorrow, please pop by the Plastic Soldier Company stand to say hello and take a look at my game.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Battle Ravens in Wargames Illustrated 378

Dan at Wargames Illustrated has bent his usual rules a little bit for me (thanks Dan - much appreciated!) and included an article about a board game. And Battle Ravens is that game.

As the magazine says, it's a game 'that features the talents of several people from our hobby and that can turn its hand to become a set of tabletop battle rules'. And they've illustrated the article with a game played using 28mm miniatures, which I'm hoping at least a few players will try.

Anyhow, the article is my designer's notes, explaining a bit about the game, why I made it, and so on. If you've been following the blog, you'll most likely know much of this anyway, but if not, hunt the magazine down!

As an added bonus (nothing to do with me!), the mag comes with a sprue of 28mm plastic Zulus. A perfect start for an army for The Men Who Would Be Kings!